Antrim Police Chief Brian Lord retires

  • Brian Lord addresses the crowd gathered on the upper floor of the Antrim Town Hall.  —STAFF PHOTO BY AIDAN BEAROR

  • Brian Lord poses with Antrim Fire Chief Marshall Gale after being awarded a certificate of appreciation.  —STAFF PHOTO BY AIDAN BEAROR

  • The Antrim Select Board awards Brian Lord a certificate of appreciation.  —STAFF PHOTO BY AIDAN BEAROR

  • Former Antrim Police Chief Scott Lester awards Brian Lord with the official certificate of his retirement. Lester will serve as interim chief until the town can find a permanent chief. —STAFF PHOTO BY AIDAN BEAROR

  • Scott Lester awards Brian Lord with a shadow box featuring memorabilia from Lord’s 15 years in Antrim. —STAFF PHOTO BY AIDAN BEAROR

  • Law enforcement officers stand at parade rest throughout the ceremony celebrating Brian Lord. —STAFF PHOTO BY AIDAN BEAROR

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/16/2023 12:16:01 PM

During a celebration of his 15-year career Tuesday, Brian Lord was emotional as he addressed dozens of community members for the last time as Antrim’s police chief before retiring from full-time police work. 

“I will miss each and every one of you,” he said.

Lord has been with the department since 2008 after graduating third in his class from the New Hampshire Police Academy. Before his career as a police officer, he worked as a truck driver and did tree work, as well. After being promoted to lieutenant in 2019, Lord gained experience on the administrative side of the department before being promoted to chief in 2021 following the retirement of Scott Lester.

Since becoming chief, Lord has been instrumental in high-profile arrests such as the Maplehurst Inn fire of 2021. 

To begin the ceremony, the Antrim Select Board awarded Lord with a certificate of appreciation from the town for his service. They were followed by Fire Chief Marshall Gale, who spoke to the honor of collaborating with Lord over the past 15 years. Gale awarded Lord a certificate of appreciation from the Antrim Fire and EMS Department.

"Over the years, the working relationship between all the town departments, you know, I can't speak highly enough of how well we work together,” said Gale. “Especially when we work together on huge incidents.”

Lester, who hired Lord 15 years ago, presented Lord with the official certificate of his retirement from the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as a shadow box full of Lord’s badges and patches from across his career. 

After the ceremony, Lord said he wanted to tell Antrim residents that he loves the town.

“I love the community,” he said. “I’m very appreciative, as I said, to to have my whole career in Antrim. I will miss being a part of this community. It always have a special place in my heart and they will always be a part of me.”

Lester will serve temporarily as chief until a replacement is found. The department is searching for a permanent chief and applications are open. 

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